Periodontal Therapy - Mt. Holly, NJ
Stop Gum Disease with Periodontal Therapy
You may think tooth decay is the biggest threat to your oral health; however, there is another danger lingering in your mouth. Harmful bacteria left behind by poor oral hygiene habits can infect your gum tissue. This is known as periodontal (gum) disease. Although it is preventable, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 50% of adults in America have a form of it. If you do, you need treatment right away to save your smile from irreversible damage. Mt. Holly Family Dentistry has the solutions you need with periodontal therapy.
What is Gum Disease?
Periodontal disease is a preventable infection that results from bacteria found in tartar accumulations near the gum line. It is caused by poor oral hygiene habits that leave plaque behind after brushing and flossing.
At first, it causes the gum tissue to become inflamed, red, and bleed. Over time, pockets form between the tissue and your teeth, trapping additional bacteria. If it is not treated right away, it destroys the supporting structures of your teeth. Eventually, this can cause your teeth to become loose and fall out.
The bacteria can also enter your bloodstream. As it circulates throughout your body, it causes inflammation, increasing your risk of heart disease, respiratory infections, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetic complications.
Diagnosing Gum Disease
There are many signs of the infection you may notice at home, such as:
- Red or inflamed gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Pus pockets or visible pus
- Tooth sensitivity
- Receding gum line
- Loose or painful teeth
During your routine appointments, we look for early signs of the infection while also probing your gums using a special dental tool. This allows us to measure the depths of pockets that develop between your teeth and the tissue.
Is Gum Disease Treatable?
Gum disease is treatable with a proactive treatment plan. It is best to treat the infection in its earliest stage, known as gingivitis. With quick intervention, no long-term damage will result. Unfortunately, if it reaches advanced stages, you not only need periodontal therapy, but you may also require restorative treatments to repair the damage that has occurred.
Scaling and Root Planning
Better known as a deep cleaning, special dental instruments are used to remove tartar from around your gum line and the roots of your teeth. The roots are then smoothed to prevent future buildup. This also allows the tissue to reconnect to your teeth to help seal out additional bacteria.
We may also recommend antibiotics to help treat the infection. Depending on your specific needs, we will prescribe a medication to stop the bacteria.
To prevent reinfection, we discuss your oral hygiene habits and how you can improve them to keep your gums healthy.
Save Your Smile with Periodontal Therapy
At the first sign of the infection, call our office right away for an appointment. We will save your smile with periodontal therapy.